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Brantford Expositor

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HAMILTON - They'll be forever known as Brantford Collegiate Institute's Golden Girls.

In a game for the ages on Wednesday, the Mustangs captured the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations girls 'AAA/AAAA' rugby championship on Wednesday at Mohawk Sports Park in Hamilton with an upset 6-5 win against the No. 1 seeded Oakville-Trafalgar High School Red Devils.

It was the first girls rugby gold medal in BCI history.

For BCI, ranked third at OFSAA, this year's win was two steps up from the bronze it won last year at the provincial championships.

"It feels surreal," said BCI co-coach Jen Grierson-Young, who couldn't fight back tears.

"I'm crying because I couldn't be more proud of the girls, playing as hard as they did at the end. The determination kicked in and the adrenalin kicked in.

"I think of my year five girls right away, they just wanted this."

Stu Martin, BCI's other co-coach, said that, after winning bronze last year, many players were determined to get over the hump this season.

"It's the best thing ever," he said.

"The way we played through the tournament, we had some adversity and injuries. Girls stepped up and played out of position and played with heart.

"They knew what they needed to do and they accomplished it."

Rachel Adkins, the team's supremely talented kicker, hobbled off the field at the end after reinjuring a Charley horse.

"Our team, we went out there and played our all and proved that we're No. 1," she said.

"I'm still a little in shock. It's amazing."


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